Poetry News

Poetry news for the northeastern part of the state comes via the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poetry:

Fox Cry Review, the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley’s literary magazine, is still accepting submissions through March 15.  They can either be emailed to foxcryreview@uwc.edu or snail-mailed to: Fox Cry Review,

University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha, WI 54952. Please direct any questions to the email address listed (I have no other details on # to submit, previously published, etc.)

“Making It Speak: Poets and Artists in Cahoots,” is happening on March 28 at EBCO Artworks, 1201 Erie Avenue in Sheboygan. Members of the Mead Library Poetry Circle and the Sheboygan Visual Artists will present a unique, secretly collaborative exhibit which is free and open to the public, showcasing poems inspired by art and art inspired by poems.  Refreshments will be served during a reception from 6-10 p.m. Poems featured in the exhibit will be read beginning at 7:30 p.m. Most of the 17 participating artists and 16 poets have never met and have not yet seen one another’s response to their art form.  The exhibit may also be viewed March 29-30, April 5-6, and April 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Participating poets are Jean Biegun, Gerald Bertsch, Sylvia Cavanaugh, Karl Elder, Kathryn Gahl, Nancy Harrison Durdin, Dawn Hogue, Maryann Hurtt, Mary Kunert, Joanne Lensink, Jodie Liedke, Leighanne Metter-Jensen, Georgia Ressmeyer, Clarke Ross, Lisa Vihos, and Marilyn Zelke-Windau. For further information, contact Marilyn Windau at 920-467-6614 or Georgia Ressmeyer at 920-457-6172.

Other upcoming events include:

 March  17, 6:30 p.m., Harmony Cafe, Appleton – Ellen Kort and John Walser will read from their works.

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) Fox Valley Poetry Series meets at Harmony Café, 233 E. College Ave, Appleton on the third Monday of every month except December (the first Monday). Each evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with the featured reader(s), followed by an open mic open to anyone who wishes to read 1-2 poems.

John Walser, an associate professor at Marian University in Wisconsin, holds a doctorate in English and Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  In 2004, he co-founded the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective, an organization that sponsors monthly poetry readings, conducts workshops, and provides other opportunities to share poetry within his community.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of journals, including Barrow Street, Nimrod, the Evansville Review, the Baltimore Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Naugatuck River Review and Fourth River.  A semi-finalist for the 2013 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, he is currently working on three manuscripts of poems.

Ellen Kort was Wisconsin’s first Poet Laureate, serving from 2000-2004. She is the author of 11 books and 8 collections of poetry. Ellen’s work has been featured in a variety of anthologies and incorporated architecturally in downtown Milwaukee’s Midwest Express Center, the Green Bay Botanical Gardens and the Fox River Mall.  Her poetry has been performed by the New York City Dance Theatre and recorded on audio by Ellen Burstyn, Ed Asner and Alfre Woodard. Ellen uses her skills as a poet and teacher to reach out to the community in numerous ways, teaching at local universities and schools and conducting writing workshops for at-risk teens, nurses, physicians and for survivors of cancer, AIDS and domestic abuse. Ellen has been a guest on Wisconsin and National Public Radio and has traveled widely as a poet, speaker, and poetry workshop facilitator throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, the Bahamas, and Japan.

March 10:  POETRY READING BY LAUREL MILLS —  UW-Fox Valley, Perry Hall, Noon-1:00 p.m.

Laurel Mills will read from her award-winning book Rumor of Hope, poems about her daughter Beth who has the rare genetic condition 1p36 Deletion Syndrome, is developmentally disabled, and struggles with behavior issues.

 March 11: ROBIN CHAPMAN & TOM ERICKSON , presented by the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective —  7:00 p.m. at THELMA Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan Street in Fond du Lac.

Robin Chapman will read from her new book Dappled Things, a collaboration of poetry with Peter Miller’s photogravures.

Milwaukee lawyer Tom Erickson will read from his recent book The Lawyer Who Died in the Courthouse Bathroom, published by Parallel Press. Open mic follows.  Refreshments and good company.  Lots of new, fresh things are just beginning to happen at THELMA.

March 12:  DICKINSON POETRY SERIES FEATURES CATHRYN COFELL & KARLA HUSTON —  “A Theory of Lipstick + Sister Satellite = Poet Science” 

 On the second Wednesday of every month the Dickinson Poetry Series features a reading by a local or regional poet followed by an open mic and reception. The public is welcome, and admission is free.  7:00 p.m. at the UUF, 10341 Highway 42 in Ephraim.  For more information visit http://uufdc.org/category/dickinson-poetry-series/ or call 920.854.7559.

March 25:  DAVID GRAHAM AT APPLEBLOSSOM BOOKS —  The reading takes place at 6:30 pm at Apple Blossom Books, 200 E City Center, Oshkosh.

David Graham has published six collections of poetry, including Stutter Monk (Flume Press) and Second Wind (Texas Tech University Press).  He also co-edited (with Kate Sontag) the essay anthology After Confession: Poetry as Confession from Graywolf Press.  He is Professor of English at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin. An open mic will follow where participants may read one or two of their own poems or poems by others that they love.   Come early and enjoy a meal or grab a cup of coffee at Caramel Crisp and Café whose inner doors connect with the bookstore.


  •  Poets must be 18 or older, reside, work, or attend school in the Fox Cities and its environs (within a 25 mile radius) or be current or former students of The Mill.
  • Poets may submit up to TWO poems per entry.  No individual poem may be longer than ONE page, single-spaced, common font like Times New Roman and in no smaller than 12-point font. 
  • ONLY ONE submission of up to TWO poems each is permitted.
  • Entries may be submitted between Jan. 15 and Mar. 10, 2014.  Entries emailed after the deadline of Mar. 10 will not be considered.
  • Email submissions accepted only.  Send to karlahuston@gmail.com as a single document attachment saved in Word as a doc or docx or pdf or rtf file.  Do not paste into the body of the email.
  • The poet’s name or address may not appear ANYWHERE on the poems.
  • Poems must be accompanied by a cover letter (a separate page) bearing the poem titles, the poet’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
  • Previously published poems (in print or online.  A personal blog is considered a publication, as is Facebook or other social media.) are NOT eligible. All work must be original. Any style or theme is welcome.
  • Keep a copy of your poems.  Entries will be recycled.
  • There will be one winner earning a prize of $300.
  • Winner and honorees will be announced at a special Fox Cities Book Festival event on April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Appleton Public Library. Winner will receive a $300 cash prize and the admiration of his/her peers.

Final judge will be Chuck Rybak who is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Nickel and Diming My Way Throughand Liketown. His full-length collections, Tongue and Groove and </war> were released 2007 and  2013 by Main Street Rag Publications. His poems have appeared in The Cincinnati ReviewPebble Lake ReviewWar, Literature & the ArtsThe LedgeSouthern Poetry ReviewVerse Wisconsin; and other journal.

Contact Karla Huston at karlahuston@gmail.com if you have questions.

Submitted by Cathryn Cofell, PR Coordinator for

Sarah Gilbert, Poetry Reading Series Coordinator/WFOP Regional VP


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